15 Answered Questions for the topic Fantasy
Is donating blood to a lover weird?
I am trying to think of a crazy twist for my ongoing comic. I’m sold on one idea in particular. The female lead is suffering from a rare condition where her blood decays. The male lead also has... more
The world's population is currently 2. If the population doubles every 39 years, what will the population be 15000 years from now?
Hello all. I am writing a fantasy novel and need to calculate population growth for realism purposes. There was another person that asked a similar question on a smaller scale, so I was plugging in... more
Humans into Elves
"hi! I am currently writing a fiction book and I still don't know how a human can be turned into an elf. I tried researching more about it, but all I know is that the Elves must do some kind of... more
Common mistakes made by first time fantasy novelists?
I'm in a writing group. I see repeating word-choice patterns among the fantasy writers. Example: frequent use of certain words (like 'utter,' everyone seems to use that word... ), or certain... more
Colours of ultraviolet?
I need to write something from the perspective of a character who sees colours differently from humans, and in particular can see multiple shades of ultraviolet. This isn't unique, their entire... more
How to create a consistent feel for character names in a fantasy setting?
Recently while doing some world-building for a role-playing game with a friend we were seriously struggling with naming character consistently.By consistently I mean make the names feel as though... more
How can I turn my short story into a novel?
I just wrote last week about Sleeping Beauty but a different version of it. (I changed the characters, and the conflict, and mostly everything except the fact that one of the main characters is... more
What's a typical trilogy structure?
Is there a typical structure for a fantasy trilogy?To be more specific, would they usually follow the three-act structure, with an act per book? And would each book need a self-contained story arc... more
What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
I'm working on a fictional story set in a fantastical (although coherent) universe. I'm used to seeing invented languages in works like this: Tolkien's languages for The Lord of the Rings, or... more
What are the standard genre characteristics of contemporary women's fantasy?
I want to write a fantasy novel with a female protagonist, and I want to familiarize myself with reader expectations. Is there still a tradition of (medieval-type) fantasy by and for women, and... more
Will using real-world cultural vocabulary in a fantasy setting disengage readers?
__If I have certain minor rituals/garments/culture tidbits in a fantasy setting that mirror those of Earth, and I describe them using the real-world vocabulary, will that disengage readers from the... more
What are the signs of accidental self insertion?
I am currently writing a novel where the main character will be far more powerful than most of the people in the world and I am worried that I will end up losing sight of what I am writing and... more
The Chosen One' paradox?
In many books novels or other forms of fictional writing, the reader is introduced to a so called 'chosen one'. This character or being is of higher power or in general, of different nature than... more
How to use today's moral compass in fantasy?
During Roman and medieval times the use of slaves was very common in most civilizations.Crimes often carried punishments that would fall under "cruel and unusual" today.Is it possible to write a... more